Archive for Wednesday, July 25, 2001

Local entertainer plans concert for Basehor

July 25, 2001

Get your jumpsuits ready, your sideburns flowing and start swinging those hips because the King of rock 'n' roll is coming to town.

The second cousin of Elvis Presley, local business owner Jerry Presley, is attempting to bring his Las Vegas-style show to the city of Basehor. The event is tentatively scheduled for Aug. 18 at Basehor-Linwood High School.

"We love the people here and this is a nice area," Presley said. "This is something we are doing for the community and it will be a fun thing to do."

Elvis won't be the only celebrity to make a guest appearance during the show. Presley said some of the impersonators scheduled to perform at the event are Roy Orbison, Sonny and Cher, Lionel Ritchie and old blue eyes himself, Frank Sinatra.

Presley, who owns the Wood Deck Company located on 147th Street, said there are 16 to 20 impersonators scheduled to perform during the concert.

Presley will be joined by the Jordanaires, a backup group that performed with Elvis when he recorded early hits such as "Hound Dog," "Teddy Bear" and "Are You Lonesome Tonight?"

Presley is 15 years younger than his famous cousin, who died of a heart attack in 1977.

Presley remembers Elvis to this day.

"We used to run around and see him at concerts and at Graceland," Presley said.

The Jordanaires have been performing their stage act since 1988 and have done shows all over the country. Presley also had his own show as an Elvis impersonator from 1985 to 1988 in Branson, Mo.

There are still some details to work out for the concert, but Presley said he was confident the show would go on.

"The only thing that would prevent it is if there is no interest from the community," Presley said.

Tickets for the event will cost $10 to $12 per person and all of the proceeds from the event will go to the Basehor Park Association. Although the show is priced relatively cheap, Presley still needs help from members of the community in promoting the event.

"It would help so much if we could get some local support from people in Basehor, Tonganoxie, Bonner Springs and Kansas City (Kan.)," Presley said.

For ticket information or if someone wants to volunteer in helping at the event, Presley said to contact him at (913) 406-4700 or at Basehor City Hall at (913) 724-1370.

Although there have been many Elvis sightings since his death, Presley said the chances of the King making a guest appearance at the concert is unlikely.

"I wouldn't expect that, but this is going to be a good show," Presley said. "It is going to be professionally done with excellent performers, and it is going to be family oriented."

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